Siblings and old sores
ON AN AVERAGE DAY Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin Previews Mar 31/Apr 1 opens Apr 2-12 115/118 01-2969340
Dublin’s PurpleHeart Theatre Company continues to pursue its love affair with modern American drama and, to Irish audiences, unfamiliar writers. There is certainly an inherent energy in the genre that usually offers basic escapist entertainment, and sometimes more. John Kolvenbach is a young playwright who has made a mark on both sides of the Atlantic, and the company has chosen to produce his first play, which premiered in London’s West End in 2002 with Hollywood notables Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan in its two roles. The characters are brothers, abandoned in their teens by their widower father, and they have not seen each other for 15 years as we meet them on, of course, an average day. One is an eccentric drop-out, the other apparently in control of his life. What follows combines revelations of psychic damage and its potential to destroy, as the author sends the siblings on a journey through memory and guilt to the kind of terrain that the old cartographers used to mark “here be monsters”.
Les Martin and Dermot Magennis in On an Average Day